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Italy's foreign minister to speak with Austrian counterpart

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Italy's foreign minister to speak with Austrian counterpart

Italy's foreign minister Angelino Alfano will on Wednesday have a phone conversation with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl, the foreign ministry said in a statement.


The announcement came amid alarm sparked in Italy by the Austrian government's proposal to offer German and Ladin speakers in Italy's autonomous northern Trentino-Alto Adige region Austrian passports.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that the proposal to allow ethnic German residents in the region two passports came from a request from the inhabitants of Trentino-Alto Adige themselves.

Kurz said relations with Rome were "excellent" and the plan would only be implemented "in close cooperation with Italy and the Rome government."



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